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Aug 28th 2013

AOL Welcomes Luke Beatty as Head of Strategic Partnerships

I'm excited to announce that Luke Beatty is joining AOL as Head of Strategic Partnerships. In this newly created position, Luke will work with our business development, technology, advertising and content teams to create partnerships that will leverage outside thinking and resources to help build better products and services.

Luke's passion for the industry is coupled with deep roots in the digital media, content and tech spaces. His addition to the team is a great moment for us as we continue to open up AOL's content and capabilities to the best partners in the world.

His background includes Techstars – the world's leading seed fund accelerator located in Boulder – where he was the Managing Director; and Yahoo, where he was a VP and central business lead for its crowd-driven properties: Flickr, Yahoo Local, Yahoo Groups, Yahoo Answers and Yahoo Contributor Network in the Americas.

In 2004, Luke founded Associated Content, an extremely successful venture whose first investor was Tim Armstrong. Known as the first and the largest crowdsourcing content collection platform in the world, Associated Content enabled hundreds of thousands of individuals to publish and generate revenue from the millions of articles, videos and images they contributed and built the web's largest freelancer community and distributed that community's content to media partners including Reuters, Yahoo and Turner. Luke ran Associated Content until Yahoo acquired it in 2010.

We're confident Luke will make a huge impact at AOL and look forward to his leadership. Please join me in welcoming him to the team on September 9.

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May 28th 2013

Abigail Hart Gray Joins AOL Services as Head of Design

I'm excited to announce that Abigail Hart Gray is joining the AOL Services team as our new Head of Design. Reporting to me and working closely with leadership across the AOL family, she will lead the alignment of an evolving vision for our products with cutting edge designs and emerging technologies.

She is joining us from Fluid, a digital design agency, where she led the experience design group and was a member of the company's management team. Her background also includes interactive design tenures with leading agencies HUGE, R/GA and Digitas.

Abigail has distinct abilities to translate data and insights into functional design, in addition to her exceptional leadership skills. We will look to Abigail to be a driving force in helping AOL Services rethink the way our audiences rapidly embrace new forms of information, interact with content, their communities and their social graph.

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May 9th 2013

Cyndi Stivers Joins AOL as Editor-In-Chief of AOL.com

It's my pleasure to announce that AOL has hired Cyndi Stivers, a decorated journalist and digital media expert, to join our team as Editor-in-Chief of AOL.com.

In her new role reporting to me, she will drive all editorial and programming across the AOL homepage, all associated apps and syndicated feeds.

She joins us from the Columbia Journalism Review, where she was the Editor-in-Chief. Her award-winning resume prior to that includes senior editorial and management roles with Entertainment Weekly, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Time Out New York, and Premiere.

There were many characteristics that cemented Cyndi as our top choice including her programming vision, a strong creative track record, and a knack for mentoring editorial talent.

As we evolve AOL.com as a content destination, we will look to Cyndi to ensure the site showcases the most compelling stories relevant to our viewers and drive a distinctive editorial voice. We'll also be relying on her creativity to help us ignite our live programming and add more opportunities for visitors to engage with each other around our content.

Susan Lyne, CEO of AOL's Brand Group, has worked with Cyndi twice before. In her words: "I know first hand that Cyndi will bring world-class editorial leadership and creative thinking to this role with AOL.com. Our entire stable of brands will benefit from her management of the homepage's reach to help drive network wide events to showcase everything AOL has to offer."

"Adding a talent like Cyndi to the AOL.com team is an exciting moment for our brand," says Francis Lobo, President of AOL Services Group. "Her expertise will ensure we continue to provide compelling content and experiences to the millions of people that enjoy AOL.com."

Cyndi will start in early June- please join me in welcoming Cyndi to the AOL family.

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